ABA Therapy

In addition to social skills training sessions and groups, Stacey Ashton, BCBA provides ABA therapy to children on the spectrum at her office in Pacific Grove.   Hours vary based on availablity and need of the individual child.

Typical ABA therapy sessions are for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder between ages 2-12.


ABA Therapy can help your child:

  • Increase functional language

  • Decrease problem behaviors

  • Increase interest/interaction with peers and other adults

  • Develop play skills

  • Increase school/kindergarten readiness skills


Who conducts the sessions?

Sessions are conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience. 


What is a session like?

Every session with your child is:

  • Positive: every time your child “responds” correctly, she or he is rewarded with something that he likes (otherwise known as “positive reinforcement”). 

  • Fun: ABA sessions consist of activities and items your child enjoys “paired with positive praise or “delivered contingent on correct responding.”  The session is fun because the child is engaging with activities and items they like, while being successful.

  • Successful: Different “prompts” are created and faded to allow your child to be successful.  Programming is individualized to meet your child's needs.

  • Individualized: All programming is individualized to meet your child's needs and progress is carefully monitored to ensure learning gains.



A typical therapy session will include:

Direct instruction (DTT focus on academic targets, play skills, social targets, communication and language goals)

Breaks (sensory, snacks, toileting)

Embedded Instruction during play and movement games

Data Collection and graphing

Where do the sessions take place?

Sessions take place at 157 Grand Avenue, Pacific Grove and begin after an initital assessment. 

What is ABA?

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis.  It is a framework created to treat socially significant problems (such as ASD), by “applying” “behavior principles” and “analyzing” the results. 


What is ABA therapy?

An ABA therapy session involves manipulating the environment to increase learning opportunities and decrease disruptive behavior. Typically, this is started in therapy sessions in the home (through your home program) and later generalized to other environments (school, the community, peers). Since your home ABA therapy sessions will be the backbone of your child's learning and development, it is important to set it up correctly as well as have it supervised regularly.


Why ABA?

ABA is considered the “gold standard” for autism treatment, so much so that it is recommended by the Surgeon General as the most effective treatment for autism.  Personally, I have found ABA therapy to be the most effective form of intervention for all children with learning challenges.


If you are interested in starting your child in an ABA therapy program, please contact Stacey Ashton, BCBA 831-224-3811 or get in touch here.

Social Skills Training and Resources provides individual social skills training, social skills groups and ABA therapy for children with autism specctrum disorders and related challenges.  


All sessions utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (or ABA).


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